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Officials Still Investigating Possible Data Scrubbing In Columbus
The superintendent of Ohio schools says he will press criminal charges against educators who commit fraud.
The comments by Stan Heffner came yesterday on news that Lockland Schools near Cincinnati is joining Columbus City Schools and Toledo Schools in facing concerns about the possible changing student data to increase ratings on state report cards.
State education officials say Lockland’s report card grade will be lowered, but Department of Education spokesman John Charlton says false data investigations are rare.
“This is the first time that we’ve been able to detect that there’s been irregularities in reporting of attendance figures.”
Charlton says while the department has already taken action against Lockland, it’s still investigating possible manipulation of attendance data in Columbus.
“We analyze the data, and we can determine from that analyzing any irregularities.”
Charlton says the Department of Education standard bans changing or manipulation of data to improve attendance rates or test scores. Attendance and test scores are critical for districts to receive a good annual performance rating.